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Looking for That Special Someone 6: So, Now What?

Looking for That Special Someone Day 6: So, Now What?

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31, ESV)

I’m not a big fan of waiting. It’s pretty baffling in my own mind that I even like fishing, which consists of a lot of waiting. Since patience is a virtue, I guess I might not be very virtuous! Waiting can be boring; even worse, it can be frustrating, especially when it comes to a lifelong relationship. But waiting is immensely valuable. Imagine if Jacob had decided not to wait around for Rachel (Genesis 29)! He had Leah as his wife, after all. Sure, he had been deceived by their father Laban, but he had already worked seven years! Could he really stomach working another seven years to have the woman he loved? Fast forward through the years of his life (which contained some rather questionable decisions and moments): no Rachel, and no Joseph. Although favoritism is a lousy idea when it comes to parenting, Rachel gave Jacob his favorite son. I’m pretty sure Jacob felt she was worth waiting for.

And that’s where we’ll end for the week. If you find yourself longing to find that special someone but you’ve become frustrated, don’t stop waiting. Again, you’re not waiting for perfection; you’re waiting “for the LORD.” Wait to fulfill His purposes. Pray for His guidance and strength. If a person is weary and fainting in this area of life, they are prone to making a bad decision. Maybe they’ll say, “It’s better than being alone!” No, it isn’t. There are worse things than being alone. Living a life that doesn’t honor God, a dead marriage, a broken home—these are worse alternatives. Please, be willing to wait for the LORD.

What happens if you wait, the LORD delivers, and you end up with the person God intended you to be with? Then all the waiting will be worth it. I’m sure Jacob thought it was worth waiting all those years. As I mentioned before, I waited (mostly impatiently, I’m afraid) a long time. I waited to the point of nearly believing it would never happen. But it did. I’m so thankful I waited! I don’t want to think about what would have happened had I refused to wait. The wife God had for me was worth every single second He had me wait for her.

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